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Although an "undeniably excellent" product, Flash Remoting presents a few problems. This article offers solutions in the areas of authentication and error-handling. Most people who have experienced Flash Remoting seem to be impressed with it. I, for one, couldn't help but be impressed by the demonstration Macromedia gave at one of their seminars. (See reservations.broadmoor.com for an excellent example.) Building on the component structure provided by ColdFusion MX, Flash Remoting promises the world: a platform-independent rich client that interacts seamlessly with the server. Using Flash Remoting developers can produce dynamic clients that encompass more functionality per page than was previously possible. Since the Flash client remains loaded on the client's machine, and all that is sent back and forth is the data, less bandwidth is required, and the load on the... (more)

Make Your Flash Forms More FLEXible

Want to make your Flash forms more FLEXible? Well, now you can! But, is there any point, you say, now that Flex 2 is out and effectively free (if you can make do without FlexBuilder)? Well, if you can go with Flex 2 then do so, but maybe like me, it's currently off limits to you... Since a bunch of the work I'm doing right now is for Sun Microsystems, it's vital that the application runs on Solaris, and for now there's no sign of FlashPlayer 9, which is required for Flex 2, being near to release. Same goes for Linux and just about every portable device out there. Assuming that yo... (more)